Top Ten Most Underrated Music GenresHollyRolo
The Top Ten
Classical is one of the most fundamental genres of music; the basis for all of the main ones today. It's complex mix of rhythm and notes makes for some of the most beautiful songs in existence. People need to work there way up to classical music. From the basics like pop to rock, then to more complex music like jazz and classical.
My explanation of why this is number 1: they inspired jazz artists which inspired early rock (Elvis, Chuck Berry etc) those inspired classic rock and so on. Basically if classical did not exist classic rock metal jazz blues wouldn't exist either.
I guess classical is just one of those genres that I have massive respect for, but don't like very much. As a guitarist, I an tell you this is one of the hardest genres to play. It is very technical and even I, a guitarist of four years, cannot play half of this genre. Classical deserves to be at the top.
Definitely one of the most underrated. I'm a huge metal head and even I like classicalV 18 Comments
I can understand Classical at number 1 but ALTERNATIVE OVER PROG? No, just no. Prog is an underrated genre that deserves a listen. Or two. Or five. - MusicalPony
Bands such as Animals as Leaders and Dream Theatre play very technical, interesting music that really needs more recognition.
Prog metal is so technical, no one really appreciates how hard it is to play good prog.
This is one good ass genreV 10 Comments
If people actually tried to listen deeply to jazz and understand the artist and composers feelings they wouldn't hate. Everyone disses jazz but they don't even give it a bloody try, they conform to society like the rest of everyone else
Not everyone who hates jazz is a conformist. Personally I don't like Jazz because it doesn't suit my music taste. However, Jazz drumming is an aspect that I enjoy from time to time, being a drummer myself. Honestly, that's why jazz lacks popularity, it's a musicians music. You don't study music / play an instrument, you probably don't like jazz. - Azerix
Jazz is seriously underrated. A lot of young people just don't want to give it a shot. I mean, I'm not hating on Rap, Metal, Pop, Rock or any other popular genre, as a matter of fact I listen to every one of those, but it seems like that's all most people want to listen to and they don't want to expand on their taste. Why not try out jazz, classical, orchestra, blues, ambient, new age, electronic, or any other unique genre out there. Seriously, if you at least give some of them a try, I guarantee you'll find something you like. Shoot, I even listen to the music from ' Cirque du Soliel, and why? Because it sounds GREAT! - Mcgillacuddy
No one understands jazz, they think because no one listens to it that its not good. The chord structure and harmony and happiness is far superior to other genres like pop and heavy metal
Metal was one of the worst examples you could have just picked seeing as though it doesn't amount to the technicality of jazz but is also more technical than most genres. Try rock and roll or something. - Azerix
The fairly oddparents theme tuneV 10 Comments
If you haven't listened to Prog, you don't know what real music is. Prog Rock is great music, and should be liked more. Literally, Just listen to Genesis, Yes, Rush, King Crimson, Dream Theater, Jethro Tull, and you will enjoy Prog Rock. Some of my favorites include, Return of the Giant Hogweed (Genesis), Roundabout (Yes), 2112 (Rush), Thick as a Brick (Jethro Tull), Metropolis (Dream Theater), Comfortably Numb (Pink Floyd), and Lamplight Symphony (Kansas).
It's so underrated that it's not even in the top ten in this list. Pink Floyd, Genesis, Yes, and Rush! It really can't get any better than that. It requires such talent to play progressive rock.
Glad to see this spectacular genre made it into the Top 10 at last. A very underrated and overlooked genre. Difficult to get into at first, but when you "acquire the taste" for it (if that made you think of a large red tongue, you have a great taste in music) it's extraordinarily addictive and expands your imagination in infinite directions.
If you want to check out some prog rock check out Ayreon. His music is great and even gets a lot of guest appearance singersV 4 Comments
Alternative is overrated. Everyone is always obsessing about how under rated it is but if so many people love it so much then it is not alternative anymore, nor is it under rated.
Alternative rock is awesome think of hole I don't like courtney loves music but I can't say her band is bad. Other alternative rock bands are awesome!
Most of the people from my school don't know what is alternative music! They only care about pop and rap. - SamuiNeko
I don't find this overrated, but definitely not underrated. - GruungeV 3 Comments
Really good for studying, and it get's your head in the game and motivated when you need it. Also ambient songs are really long so you never run out. Also most Ambient songs are really good.
Anyone ever heard of Pink Floyd?!
Nobody acknowledges how awesome space rock truly is! - HollyRolo
Pink Floyd, some of Tool's stuff, and Thirty Seconds To Mars' first album are all great space rock! - AngryByrd
HawkwindV 5 Comments
Would definitely say so. My favourite genre. So sad that people don't appreciate the genius behind it all that well. Electronic musicians really put a lot of thought and time into making unique and brilliant sounds. They are truly gifted in their genre. - PositronWildhawk
In my whole school and this is a highschool by the way we took a survey on what music genres we new and electronic was like only 100 something kids while there like 1000s of us there
Electronic musics are the most hard to make and requires some really good person and not like some other bloke out there just born and started singing
Waterflame is the best norwegian artistV 13 Comments
Hardly anyone knows what chillstep is. It's chillout/dubstep. And that may sound counter-intuitive, but it's incredible. The dubstep atmosphere is completely changed to give one an aural massage, and the result is often soothing, haunting and beautifully harmonic all at once. - PositronWildhawk
Okay this is actually one of my favorite genres because it's very relaxing and it can spark a listeners' imaginations - Mcgillacuddy
Chillstep is beautifully haunting and will send shivers down your spine
Chill out music mixed with Dubstep is so cool. - DynastiNobleV 2 Comments
Punk music is real, if people would listen to it, they'd realize that. Like my friend won't listen to anything other than bubble gum pop.
Me plays emo
Friend covers ears before a single chord is played
Me plays punk
Friend covers ears before anything is done
Me plays indie rock
Friend runs away
Me plays indie rap
Friend whines for half an hour
Me plays indie pop
Friend devotes all energy into not giving it a single chance
Punk music had these things called instruments, and real voices, and angst, meaning. - ToptenPizza
When someone says punk, people think of Green Day and Blink-182, which are fantastic bands but they are not true punk, so I find this genre somewhat underrated. - Gruunge
Punk rock isn't underrated - zxm
If there wasn't punk, there would be no metal or emo.V 2 Comments
I fell in love with this genre and I've been listening since short time ago
Post-rock is one of the best music genres.
Please check it out on 'the American dollar'.
"God Is an Astronaut, If These Trees Could Talk, Sigur Rós, Explosions in the Sky, Russian Circles, Long Distance Calling, 65daysofstatic, I Hear Sirens, Sleep Dealer" and many more... - Strobo
Just like the other guy said, completely underrated. These guys are the most amazing musicians that you will ever see. They Incorporate blues, jazz and classical music into the style and take it further. Bias people always say it's noise. I would love to see them pick up the guitar or get behind the drum kit and play like these guys. Problem is, people are like sheep. They don't know what they are missing. They would rather not educate themselves and actually take the time to really listen to what each instrument is doing. Metal is the biggest genre of music in the world and people don't know that.
No one of my friends listens Folk, so it's not quite easy to find new bands or songs... I wish there'd be more awareness for that genre, because it's the most peaceful, but energetic music I know. - stockiiii
Folk and folk rock both are underrated,only few artists are known - zxm
To be specific here, Ska actually came in the late 50's, and was the precursor to the more well-known reggae music. Ska is special because of its unique rhythm and the way the electric guitar is being played. I understand why some people might not like it, but that hatred towards such influential music is getting way too extreme.
Ska is amazing yet if people ask what music I like and I say Ska they always say "What's Ska? " Operation Ivy, Less Than Jake, and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones are amazing bands
Ska is just epic. Give it a listen, and you will smile. I suggest Suburban Legends and Reel Big Fish.
It truly is sad how few people know what ska even is. hopefully streetlight/botar and some other bands kick start a fourth wave and fast.V 1 Comment
Indie rock is the absolute pinnacle of music, Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand, The Strokes, etc. Are just some of the big names in indie rock, it's huge worldwide (Arctic Monkeys are even the MOST popular band in Britain right now) yet a lot of people have never even HEARD of Indie Rock...
Fun., Imagine Dragons, and Arctic Monkeys are all indie rock...that doesn't do them popular favors. - WonkeyDude98
Imagine dragons, arctic monkeys, arcade fire, Kasabian, and more!
Indie rock is very very underrated. the artists can't even gather good crowds in their concerts - zxmV 5 Comments
Barley any kids these days listen to it, which makes me sad. - Gruunge
It used to be overrated, but thanks to stupid pop and rap its underrated - NickelbackLinkinPark4Eva
If this about 50s rock n roll then yes its underrated.But if its about the Rock genres then it isn't underrated a bit. - zxm
Since there is no traditional or 80's metal, I guess this is the closest. Most underrated band of the 80's RATT, great musicanship, great songs, good writing. RATT 'N' ROLL...V 1 Comment
Um, metal is amazing but this is just an awesome thing.
Disco is great!
Disco is definitely underrated and unappreciated! The songs are full of life, making me happy to be alive and move my feet to the instrumental music; it's a shame that Metal music and most of the fan base(referring to the type of fans that go and post "LOLZ DICCO sucks AZZ LITEN 2 METAL! 3! 1! " Or "Glad that dicco dyes, daer musuz is uh joke. Meatl or dye! &" Not that sane fans) I'll admit, I hate metal: the songs are overrated and too angry. And mainstream pop music is this a as terrible as meta
Should be higher
My favorite. - blst0033
This is so underrated. - DynastiNoble
Swing jazz > Electroswing
Love every gospel songs they are underrated - paasadaniV 1 Comment
I honestly prefer blues over metal because of the sheer soul put into it. Actually, without the blues, there would've been no such thing as rock and metal today - Mcgillacuddy
More people should try to listen to the Blues because it's great. - Rambles
Best genre if you are lonely. My favourite is Wes Montgomery! - Strobo
Blues is underrated compared to their legacy works.rock n roll and many other genres came from this genre. - zxmV 2 Comments
Most genres you hear in America are either any variation of pop (old school and new school), rap (gangsta, faker Lil Wayne etc) rock (punk, alternative, etc), electronic (dubstep, trap, etc), jazz, even classical. It's all overplayed. Most of us can name at least five or ten artists off out heads but what about reggae? Bob marley and his seed, peter tosh, burning spear, who else can people name? Reggae is a very underrepresented genre in the United States. Hell, even indie music has a large following in the US. Most if not all reggae artists write their own songs and they are from the heart. Most reggae deals with issues happening around us like corruption, war, and poverty. Lover's rock, a sub genre of reggae, is also extremely popular and are about treating your partner right and making love, not just about sex. Reggae is very popular here in Hawai'i where it is if not, the most popular genre here.
MOST UNDERRATED GENRE EVER! People know Bob Marley because of smoking pot and that's it, this is a genre of peace, love and full of soul...
Underrated! I think one of the most underrated albums here is "Two Sevens Clash" from Culture
It's underrated in the states because Jamaica was for a very long time a British colony. Ska, Rocksteady and Reggae were imported since the sixties in England ( where it has a big following ) and hardly in the states.V 1 Comment
Symphonic metal is truly epic. That's seriously how it's described. Epic movie trailer soundtrack? Symphonic/Symphonic metal. Nightwish is truly an amazing group. Simply beautiful.
Truly beautiful complex music mixing classical music with metal. Heaven
Listen to stargazer - Edgelord
Truth be told, this is my least favorite genre
Not for the faint hearted
Nu Metal isn't underrated - zxm
Its not good but not awful system are awesomeV 4 Comments
While Chillwave is also on my list, this one definitely takes the cake. If you want to hear an example in this genre of something actually GREAT, then go listen to the album Peeping Tom.
Listen to Kid Cudi fam
This is skill, talent what ever you wanna call it! But pop, rap and hip hop are just talentless and quite bland.
One of the purest forms of metal and one of the best. - Metal_TreasureV 1 Comment
Although Modern J-Pop isn't my jam, I couldn't find City Pop on here which greatly disappointed me, so this is the closest thing I could find because... Japan? City Pop is a genre of music from Japan after the financial boom in Japan after WW2, the music has a very American disco feel to it and often is just called old J-Pop. It's almost entirely unknown outside of Japan but those who like it, love it. It definitely deserves a spot at the top of this list and because it's missing is just more proof of how unknown and underrated the genre is.
I love J-Pop. I like the group AKB48, especially their song Fortune Cookie. I also like the song Pon Pon- AnimeDrawer85
One of the most criminally underrated genres of metal. Not only it requires talent to do the melodic vocals and play the fast melodic riffs of power metal but also the lyrics actually not talk about drugs, party, girls and boys. The lyrics of power metal often are derived from fantasy and mythology and the overall structure of the song can bring excitement and optimism to the listener. If you are not convinced check some great bands of that genre like Stratovarius,Sonata Arctica and Blind Guardian. You may change your mind.
I really do hope that this gets more attention. Metal as a genre should. - 906389
Power metal is underrated,so the artists - zxm
Probably one of the more accessible (and also very skilled, complex and melodic)subgenres of metal, butunknown to people outside the metal community, most of whom think metal is all satanic unmelodic and screaming. Most powermetal is pretty much the exact opposite to it, people really should give it a listen. - Selanya
Chill bwave and vaporwave are the most underrate thing here probably people now adays tend to either focus on pop music, r&b, kpop, or other old jamz. But vaporwave/chillwave/synthwave?! Theirs only 1 kid I know one kid in my entire school that actually lostens to chillwave and lofi and actually dresses in aesthetic clothing from time to time (my self included) this needs to be much much higher on the list and I'm sure of it
Seriously underrated. If you want a good industrial rock band I recommend you check out Nine Inch Nails or Rammstein. Or even Rob Zombie.
My favorite genre of rock next to Industrial Rock. Both which are seriously underrated.V 1 Comment
Responsible for the greatest progression in modern music in the last 25 years
People should appreciate the complexity of this genre.
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